specializes in preparing meals that support
the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle.
Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Paleo Lifestyle
Enjoy Lots of: Vegetables, Grass Fed and Pastured Meats, Wild Seafood/Fish/Game, Healthy Fats, Eggs, Fruits/Nuts/Seeds
Avoid: Processed Foods, Legumes & Soy Products, Refined Sugars, Grains & Dairy
Paleo is the practice of:
Nourishing the body with a variety of healthy foods on a daily basis
Avoiding foods which can cause dietary stress, or aggravate allergies or sensitivities, such as grains, dairy or legumes
Eliminating refined sugar and synthetic or processed ingredients from the diet
Allowing for “down time” in order to relax and get a good nights rest
Unplugging from electronics (often!) in favor of social activities or even a good book
Spending time outside with nature
Playing – just because it’s fun!
Engaging with friends, family and community face to face
Thriving mentally and physically based on one’s own definition
Paleo is not:
A fad diet, an excuse to eat more meat than is recommended for a healthy diet, or a lifestyle just for athletes.
Obviously, no one wants to actually eat or live like a “caveman” – caves were dark and damp, and putting a meal together was an all day event! But many of the dietary, physical and social practices embraced by the people of the past still provide life benefits today – fresh air, spending time with people you care about, sleeping well and awaking refreshed, and getting exercise whether from walking your dog, raking the lawn or training for a half marathon.
Historical people were “locavores”, eating whatever foods were available where they lived or camped. Sometimes the variety was prolific and abundant, and at other times limited, calling for some creative meal planning. In either case, the local diet and natural lifestyle tended to foster adequate nutrition and health. People spent a significant portion of their time outside with their family and friends, working to gather or farm food. At the end of the day, when the sun set, their bodies signaled that it was time for a well deserved rest.
Unfortunately, many of the beneficial core elements of historical lifestyles have experienced “dis-evolution”. Exercise has transformed from a normally recurring part of daily existence to something that needs to be blocked on a calendar. Most people work indoors and find little time to get outside at all, let alone on a sunny day. Social interaction has lapsed from a community necessity which ensured bonding and safety to a semi-disconnected click or tweet. And simple, locally sourced, nutritious foods are difficult to identify or overlooked, having been disguised by colored dyes, added sugars, genetic modifications, synthetic fillers and mysterious names.
Did the ancestral times have a downside? Absolutely. Consistent hard work. Disease. Roving bands of marauders. Do we want to return to those days? Certainly not – as humans we move forward, not backward. But throughout history there were lifestyle habits that worked well and continue to be beneficial today. Some things never go out of style – like the healthy practices listed at the top of this page. The Paleo lifestyle embraces and promotes these basic necessities of a good life, and so does Sustainable Table.
The good news is that Sustainable Table can naturally substitute ingredients so that nearly any favorite dish can be made Paleo compliant! Refined sugar can be exchanged for coconut or maple sugar, dairy can be replaced with various nut or coconut milks, and alternative flours such as almond, coconut and cassava are great alternatives to traditional grain based flours. So whether you’re part of the Paleo Tribe or just looking for a healthy alternative meal, Sustainable Table can provide satisfying options within the Paleo guidelines.